Ag News: Sept. Nat’l Fruits & Veggies Month
**The Produce for Better Health Foundation is challenging consumers to eat more produce in September, National Fruits and Veggies Month.
According to thepacker.com, the theme for the month, “Have a Plant … Food Rooted in a Better Mood,” reflects the PBH’s consumer call to action, Have a Plant.
The program aims to inspire consumers with realistic steps to connect eating fresh produce with feeling happier and healthier.
**Farmers have mixed reactions About Dairy Farmers of America producing Plant-based products.
Last month, Live Real Farms, owned by DFA, introduced a new product that is 50% lactose-free milk and 50% plant-based beverage. Because of that, some dairy farmers are upset the nation’s largest cooperative would enter the plant-based business. Others say this product will help fluid milk sales.
A poll of 335 producers on MilkBusiness.com found 86% of producers don’t think a dairy cooperative should produce plant-based beverage products.
**President Trump and his cabinet officials have decided to retain the 31 biofuel blending waivers granted to small refineries … for now.
That's according to reports from the Farm Journal’s Jim Wiesemeyer who tells agweb.com, the administration will take steps to make up for those lost biofuel volumes.
A plan under development would encourage the use of gas containing 15% ethanol and increase the amount of conventional renewable fuels used in those mandates by 500 million gallons.